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Gueuze Tilquin (Draught Version) - Gueuzerie Tilquin

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 07-18-2011

The Gueuze Tilquin - draught version (4.8% alc/vol) is a spontaneous fermented beer, produced by blending a low alcohol lambic (called Meerts) and 1 and 2 years old lambics, all fermented and aged in oak barrels. It is unfiltered and unpasteurized, and it is refermented in the keg. The lambics used were fermented and oak aged in our installations. These lambics are coming from worts brewed by Boon, Lindemans, Girardin and Cantillon breweries.
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Ratings: 325 | Reviews: 67
Reviews by MattSweatshirt:
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Football Pub in Rome.

Slightly transparent gold body with white head that erupted. Bartender had to wait a bit. The head settles down quickly though to a nice cap leaving lace.

Lovely musty odor here. Underlying that is some lemon and granny smith fruitiness.

This is light and easy to drink. Little fizz. No overpowering sourness at first but does hit with just enough kick for the sour fiend to love it. It feels like it layers up a bit and gets more sour as you drink it. Or I could be imagining things. Tastes really musty and is complemented by the tart and sour fruitiness of lemon and granny smith apple.

Really enjoyable geuze.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Novare Res

Served in a tall glass with an emblem on the edge nice pale yellow straw color. 4

The aroma is tart sweet with an apples. The sweet and tart linger with an earthyness

The taste starts with a tart apple and slowly an almost woody earth flavor finishes nice

Photo of Guden
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Delerium Cafe in Brussels

A- Typical thin head with a slightly cloudy gold color. Looks like a nice Geuze.

S- The nose is more powerful than some others I've had with fruit (apples, cherries and lemons), oak and bright grain but also with strong notes of sweat and bile that are both intriguing and off putting.

T- Incredibly complex with none of the vomit/sweat of the nose. Instead the flavor starts brisk with lemon and decaying fruits with cherry, oak (lots of vanilla and some light tannins) coming in and giving way to a lactic puckering finish. One of the best I've had in this category.

M- A touch fuller bodied and chewier than typical for the style, and I enjoy the full sensation it gives. High carbonation combines with the lactic acid to keep it puckering.

D- Aggressively sour but also a bit chewy and complex. This is a geuze that let me contemplate its flavors over and over and never disappointed. The smell was really the only set back.

Photo of Mantooth
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$3.50 on draft @ Duckworth's Park Rd - Charlotte NC.

Looks the part - straw colored brew with a lot more carbonation than I expected, massive cloudy head and a tad of oily lacing lingering on the now empty glass. The nose is very floral, charred wood and lemon are imminently present. The taste is surprising, not as tart as I'd hoped and very dry, lot's of wood there. Interesting how much pepper is present. Very nice beer that fell short of my expectations. But I'll definitely give it another shot down the road.

Photo of tastybeer
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is very intriguing. Like flowers that have been marinading in the summer sun for a long time. Lemony funk, musky wood, mystery flowers all really really well combined. Flavor is dustily dry, lemony sour, apple, floral, woody, musky. Harmoniously wacky. Like it a lot.

Photo of Corkpuller
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I have no idea how my original rating on this beer was only 3.5. For me this is the gold standard for gueuze. I love Drie, Hanssens, Girardin and Cantillon...but Tilquin is my favorite.

The balance of funk and oak is perfect. It reminds me of aged champagne and I often drink and serve it as a stand in. It is nearly perfect with food. A beer above description, so I won't try.

Great.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/12 vintage (fresh, just released)

poured into an 8oz glass. light 1/2" head, clear light golden yellow.

sour lemon and dry oak on the nose. some pale malt.

light and slightly sour up front, some light acidic notes. light mineral and light lemon and apple. towards the finish a strong emergence of oak.

very light and easy, a bit airy. dry finish.

comes off very fresh. very lightly sour, but enough to taste refreshing. great oak flavor. excited to try a bottle now.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas (Brussels, Belgium) on 7/5/12. Served in a tumbler.

Pours a hazed apricot color in the glass, with a thin 1-2 fingers head of off-white foam. This maintains some rich edges, leaving back a cascade of light spotty lace. The aroma is bright and tart in the nose, with a touch of underlying cheesy funk. A gentle sugary sweetness mixes in off the edges.

The taste has a bracing tartness to it yet still manages to stay fairly refreshing. Touch of softer fruit is present, along with some mineral notes and a light sugary backing. Funk and wood comes in off the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively carbonation that hits the roof of the mouth before getting a little thicker feeling on the tongue. This has a pretty quaffable feel to it overall.

This is a really nice Gueuze that stayed more tart than sour and benefited from a sprightly feel in the mouth that helped keep this on drinkable side. I’m glad I tried this one.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to find this on tap at a local spot after a beer festival. Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy yellow orange with a one finger white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, lemon, orange peel, funk, slight tart, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, funk, citrus, and lemon. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I have been lucky enough to try this both on draught and out of the bottle. I know they are listed separately here on BA which was confusing to me at first. However, after trying this it is quite clear why. Both taste completely different to me and seem to be completely different brews. I enjoy the bottle version better for the record by the way. Worth trying if you get the opportunity.

Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lots of tangy sour vinegar qualities in this with some honey and Apple cider on the nose. The flavor is more white wine, champagne, Apple cider vinegar, straw or barnyard grain, Apple and pear. The feel is very light, with what seems to be no carbonation, much like a cider.

Photo of mikeburd1128
4.3/5  rDev 0%

On tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, CT.

So good. Big raspberry throughout. Some funk, hay, barnyardy flavors. Finishes dry and slightly sour. Nothing too overwhelming. Love this.

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying the draft "meerts" version, lower abv draft Gueuze Tilquin. Served in a footed goblet.

Hazy saturated orange, initial layer of thin white foam that rapidly fades to nothing but a thin strand of bubbles around the edges.

Bright citrus, wet hay, cheese rind aromas, sort of mellow. Trace vinegar and acidity.

Lighty fizzy, oaky and citrusy. Lemon, dry wood, clean dry finish. Fairly straightforward lemony sourness. Pulls the cheeks inward, light funky flavors, dry oak in the end. Overall a nice alternative to 3F and Cantillon, somewhere in the same league. Can't wait to see what the future holds for Tilquin.

Photo of KDawg
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very nice light gold color with a good and foamy head.

Excellent aromas of sour oranges, pears, funk tones and some various spices as well. Good depth on the nose with nice complexity

lighter feel with good flavors and mostly sour oranges and funk tones with some spices

a really good geuze. Very well balanced on both the nose and palate with just the right amount of funk to it as well

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 oz tap pour into a snifter at Groppi's in Bay View. $8

Thanks to Enjoli, the REAL beer goddess, for making my mouth water all day by "sexting" (Thanks Todd) me a picture earlier in the day.

A - Hazy yellow in color with a surprisingly well-retained off white head.

S - Sharp, tart funky aroma loaded with straw, barnyard, and lemon citrus acidity.

T - Dry citrus straw and barnyard funk with a light pale malt finish. Yeasty notes, not the funk, but unsettled yeast.

M - Dry and sour with a clean, crisp, and medium-light bodied finish.

O - A bit cold straight off the tap and obviously young, but quite delicious regardless.

Photo of nataku00
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a tulip glass. Beer poured a light yellow, a bit of haze, and half a finger of soapy head with a few large bubbles. Head dissipates quickly, as expected, leaving some light lacing here and there that slides quickly back into the glass. Decently carbonated, with many small bubbles floating up slowly initially but gradually became less active.

Nose is very funky and earthy, deserving of the barnyard funk description, with some wet soil, and wet grass mixed in. Some acidity, sour lemon juice and sour green apple, apple skin. Despite being poured a little cool, pretty nice and interesting aroma.

Taking a sip, some nice bright acidity initially, lemon and green apples, a little bit of lactic acid as well. Then mostly wheat malts, with only a little funk from the nose near the finish. Finish is very clean and crisp, with only a light sour and funk that lingered for a short duration.

Light bodied and well carbonated initially with fine champagne like quality, soft small bubbles that really helped make it refreshing. Carbonation started to lose its potency after 15 minutes in the glass though, and the last bit of my glass was only lightly carbonated.

Pretty easy to drink geuze, but the complex funkiness on the nose didn't translate too well to the taste.

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at ChurchKey DC, into a tumbler, similar type Cantillon gueze style glass. Vintage 2010. (review moved previous under regular Tilquin).

A very tight bubbled head that disappears quickly off the pour. White in color, managing a small collar on top of a hazy somewhat dark muddy yellow. Some pin head rising carbonation can be seen in the light but otherwise hard to spot.

Nose is a funky yeast (brett? lacto? etc..) sense very wet smelling, and filled with a watery lemon and acidity. Sense of sparkling basic white bubbly wine from the corner store.

Taste brings more than on the nose. A light bodied crisp palate with lemon notes hitting in the front, giving to a sharp white baked bread and very dry finish. Great viscosity on this with just enough teeth coating mouthwash action. Lemon comes stronger without overpowering acid sourness, just enough tart and malt like density to give it some body.

Overall with a light enough abv this drinks so quickly like nothing and hardly any sense of alcohol. A mix of lemon like Hefe style and Gueuze like goodness and a marriage to enjoy! That's what I get off of it.

Photo of wedge
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

@ Tasty Beverage

Poured from a pitcher due to its large, ridiculously thick looking, rocky head. It's more of a hazy, slim white ring by the time I get my pour. Hazy golden body. Funky, sour lemon aromas along with barnyard, leather, slight sweatiness, and light oak. Crisp, tart, lemony citrus, earth, a sort of fresh herbal quality, and hay. Acidic, dry, and massively refreshing with a slight lingering bitterness. Delicious...lots of bright, fresh flavor for 4.8%.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Birch. Served in wine glass.

A - Gorgeous head, hazy, lots of lacing on glass.

S - Citrusy, lemony smells.

T - Very smooth and balanced taste. Easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

M - Sinuous, creamy.

O - This is an excellent beer. So easy to go down. Despite low abv, it's very satisying and still complex.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rattle 'n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and left delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of sourness along with hints of funky yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is both tart and sour and has earthy flavors from the yeast along with some hints of lemon citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink compared to others in the style because the sourness is not overpowering.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into mini Duvel tulip at Avenue Pub NOLA 10/2/12. Nice hay/golden color with good foamy white head. Great funky citrusy yeast...slight lemony zest maybe?
Taste is fantastic for the style...its a little more malty than most Geuze, sweet malts and the citrusy funk blend well. Very smooth for being so bitter. Really great Geuze, and what a treat to have on tap!

Photo of voteforgoat
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Spuiten Duyvil in Brooklyn during Zwanze day.

Appearance is a murky yellow.

Smell: funk and lemon

Taste: citrus rind, wood, funk, lemon for sure. Tart. Much more delicious beer than anticipated from this new blender.

Mouthfeel: lightly carbonated.

Overall: another world-class gueuze available. Granted I love true lambics more than my own soul, so my ratings are going to lean high, even though I am trying to be as fair as possible! If you see this beverage on tap, don't pass on it!

Photo of ChrisPro
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy gold with light white head. Spotty lacing.

S - lemon, some funk, little fruit and wood. Touch of grass.

T - slight honey, lemon and nice art sourness. Dryer the more I drink.

M - sharp carbonation, medium body

O - great nose and a little sweet, but very drinkable. Will seek this out again.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the De Heeren 20th Anniversary party during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a HORAL mini tumbler.

Pours a nice golden-yellow color with a good, stable white head and a bit of lacing on the way down.

The nose brought quite a bit of nice funk and bright citrus. Lots of lemon and orange zest and some citric acid. The flavor was very citrusy with light funk and a moderate acidic presence.

Light body with good carbonation and a very dry finish. Nice acidity throughout.

A very impressive beer. I hope to have this more often.

Photo of Rifugium
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Cloudy copper pour with a finger or so of fluffy white head that sank to a thin layer, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma was funky and earthy, grassy, citrusy. The taste reflected the nose, funky, wet grass, earthy, green apple, lemon, with an expected tartness. About medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, and a semi-sour, dry finish. Very good overall.

Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy colored, light yellow beer with some lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Some funk, decent bit of barnyard. This one has a little lemon citrus and some nice tartness to it.

T - A pretty sour, and a little bit fruity, gueuze. The taste is very pleasant, a little bit puckering, and pretty easy to drink. It's got some funk, but one of the more tart and acetic gueuzes I can remember drinking.

M - Medium bodied, decently carbonated, nice dry and tannic finish.

O - Really nice beer. Drank it side by side with Cantillon Classic Gueuze, and while I preferred the Cantillon, this one held its own.

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Gueuze Tilquin (Draught Version) from Gueuzerie Tilquin
95 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.